Swimming pool paint provides an economical alternative to other types of pool finishes; it provides an easy way to bring new life to your swimming pool, and an almost infinite number of color and design possibilities not available in other pool finishes.
Swimming pool paint comes in 3 types:
Epoxy paint can be applied on new pools, as well as pools already painted with epoxy paint. Epoxy paint is very durable and it provides a smooth tile like finish. It stands very well to ultra violet, UV, rays. It also stands up to pool chemicals, as well as automatic pool cleaners. Depending on a variety of factors, it can last 7 to 10 years.
Chlorinated rubber is also very common and very easy to apply. It is more economical than epoxy, but on the flip side, it is not as durable. Chlorinated rubber will typically last 3 to 5 years.
Acrylic paint can be used on any type of surface, it is very easy to apply, and because it is water soluble, water is all is needed to clean up. Acrylic pool paint is ideal for commercial applications where regulations may require regular repainting. It lasts 2 to 3 years.
Regardless of the type of pool paint you select, the most important aspect of any swimming pool paint job is surface preparation. Make sure you carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Most paint problems are caused by improper surface preparation, or not following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Maintaining the proper water balance in your pool will go a long way towards preventing future problems with your painted pool surfaces. Total alkalinity is of particular importance; however, as you probably already know, it is impossible to think of total alkalinity, or any other pool chemistry parameter, as an isolated element; total alkalinity, PH, available chlorine, etc. interact with each other.
Swimming Pool Paint, Most Common Problems
This condition is almost always cased by inadequate surface preparation. If the surface is not clean, or the surface temperature is too high, or too low, or the paint is applied too thick, or the surface is wet; any and all of these conditions could cause the pool paint to blister and bubble. Make sure that you carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions, some pool paints are more forgiving than others, but in any case it is vital that you follow their instructions. Read twice, paint once, applies here.
It manifests itself as a chalky powder on the surface of the pool that rubs off on anything that happens to touch it, or it may leak into the water, creating hazy water. It could be the result of in improper pool chemical balance, or simply the result of the degradation of the top layer of the surface, due to aging and the ravages of the elements. Total alkalinity is fundamental to the well being of pool painted surfaces; make sure that your water balance is constantly kept within the correct range.
Swimming pool paint will fade sooner or later, it is an unavoidable fact. Some times a light hydrochloric, also called muriatic, acid wash will help restore the paint original color and brightness. A dull color could be caused by dirt accumulated on the surface of the paint, or the degradation of the top layer of the pool paint (chalking). Should you decide to clean the pool surface of the with the acid wash, make sure that you rinse the surface very well before you refill your pool.